Drove from Michigan to Cincinnati for business this last week. Trip started well by getting a reuben at Zingerman's in Ann Arbor. Also by waiting to get from Michigan's bumpy roads onto Ohio's better kept roads to eat the sandwich. If there is better corned beef, I would like to try it.
The first three days of the week were short on food and sleep. But Wednesday night, we had dinner at Jean-Ro on Vine Street. Damn good place. The service was very very good, from the greeter to the wait staff. I had moules frites and a cheese plate for dessert, and if I could eat like that every day, you'd hear little complaint from me.
On Thursday, our business was done, so we went to the bar in the basement of Morton's, at the insistence of a colleague from work. Had a great time. Well-earned first taste of beer (Bass Ale in the bottle; nothing was on tap); beefsteak tomato salad with blue cheese (brought back memories of a similar salad at the Palm near 43d in NYC), and a good medium rare cut of meat. Fun time.
Saving the best for last, on the way out of town, we stopped at Camp Washington for breakfast on Friday. Now never mind that the waitress asked if my business associate was my son (he is 30, I am 45, and . . . well just never mind that the question was asked). Had a fried egg sandwich with mustard and a coney on the side. Then ordered a quart each of 3 way and 5 way to take home to the family for dinner. Felt like it was the right thing to do.
Also stopped to get a 12 pack of Christian Moerlein for my wife, making sure to ask the check out clerk to card me, feeling somewhat sensitive about my age. She obliged. And so it came to be that, on Friday night, I hoisted a cold CM to toast Cincinnati before plowing through a big plate of 5 way. All things considered, it was a good week.